On Returning West - Reflections from a Semester Abroad in Shanghai

Jan 7, 2019 1:58:16 PM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp returns home to Nebraska from her semester abroad in Shanghai and reflects on her experience in Shanghai as well as the realities of culture shock upon returning to the US (including but not limited to the Bubble tea or lack thereof in Nebraska). 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Why Study Abroad

Meet Khadijah (Imani) Wilson: Official CAPA Shanghai Blogger Spring 2019

Jan 4, 2019 4:34:00 PM / by Imani Wilson

Meet Khadijah Wilson, a.k.a. Imani Wilson, an official CAPA Blogger in Shanghai for Spring 2019:

University: Hood College
Major: Mathematics 
Study abroad location: Shanghai, China
Internship or volunteer placement: N/A

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Posted in: Shanghai, China

Answering Questions About my Semester in China

Dec 31, 2018 9:35:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp answers 5 questions from a CAPA program assistant about her time in Shanghai, China, what her favorite memories were, what she learned, and how she changed. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Tips for Packing and Re-packing a Semester Abroad

Dec 18, 2018 10:04:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp chats with us as she packs up her room in Shanghai and prepares to come home. She covers her different packing strategies she had before she left for her semester that are now paying off at the end, so make sure to watch!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations

Breathtaking Views: Hiking China's Treacherous Mount Huashan

Dec 14, 2018 10:20:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's post, Rachel Epp takes a final excursion to the city of Xi'an and spend the day trekking up Mt. Huashan, one of the the most treacherous but rewarding hikes in China! Watch more for some breathtaking views! 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture, shanghai-vlog

On This Day: China's Past & Why We should Never Forget December 13

Dec 13, 2018 10:37:00 AM / by 'Connecting Global Cities' by Colin Speakman

Today is the 81st anniversary of an event that horrified the world. On December 13, 1937, during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War, Japanese troops attacked the then capital of China, Nanking (Nanjing) - the government already having relocated - and over six weeks, according to records and reports, murdered around 300,000 Nanjing citizens, including women and children. Today fewer than 400 survivors are still alive to tell the tale.

The story of the Nanjing Massacre has been well told in Iris Chang's 1997 book The Rape of Nanking and in several movies in recent years including "Nanking" ,"City of Life and Death", "John Rabe" and most recently "The Flowers of War". It was perhaps fitting that, along with my students, we watched the showing of "The City of Life and Death" in a large movie theater in Nanjing in 2009. We were a small Western group in a cinema packed with locals and it was impossible not to feel the tears of the audience that night. I wondered how many in that very audience had lost grandparents and other kin in that massacre.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Beijing, China, Local Culture

Scenes of Hangzhou - One of China's Two Paradises

Dec 13, 2018 10:28:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Daniel explores the beautiful lakes and temples of Hangzhou, China. From experiencing the beautiful sculptures and serenity of the Lingyin temple to wandering the islands and bridges of the West Lake, follow along on his mystical adventure!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture

5 Important Skills You Can Gain from Interning Abroad

Dec 10, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Only a very small percentage of US students intern abroad. The experience alone can make you stand out from your peers in a pile of resumes once you graduate and will no doubt be a conversation starter in an interview. If you put the effort in and set goals for yourself before you begin, it can be even more than a conversation starter. You will have opportunities to learn some truly important life and career skills that you might not gain in a domestic internship.

Here are just 5 skills (out of many) you can gain from interning abroad.

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Posted in: Dublin, Ireland, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain

How to Take Ownership of Your Personal and Professional Development Abroad

Dec 6, 2018 11:43:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Let’s be honest: studying abroad is an incredible experience, but it’s not an automatic ticket to landing a job when you graduate. Yes, listing an international internship, for example, can make your resume stand out in an inbox full of applications, but it’s not until you learn how to talk about your experience in a meaningful way that your future employer’s ears will really perk up. And it’s not until you take ownership of your experience—by learning how to recognize, pursue, and nurture the skills that are key to your personal and professional development while you’re abroad—that you’ll be able to do that.

One of CAPA’s five Student Learning and Development Outcomes(SLDOs), set for those studying abroad in all of our cities, is a focus on personal and professional development.

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Posted in: London, England, Dublin, Ireland, International Education, Sydney, Australia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shanghai, China, Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, Barcelona, Spain, Professional Development

Thanksgiving in Shanghai + Lessons on Daoism and Confucianism

Dec 6, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Daniel shares highlights from his Thanksgiving holiday spent with CAPA in Shanghai and then takes us along for tours of a Daoist and a Confucian temples, sharing information about each ancient Chinese philosophy.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture